• Code: PA
  • Certification: QQI Level 5 Award in Performing Arts (5M5151)
  • Duration: One Year


This intensive one year course provides a production-led study in film, TV and theatre performance. It enables learners to develop the personal qualities and performance skills essential to an actor - self-confidence, focus, flexibility, imagination and trust.

Training prepares students to perform in a range of Media with the creation of character through devising, physical exploration or improvisation at its core. The course will give a thorough foundation in the essentials of acting and production. The course will equip students with the confidence and skills needed for opening night on stage or screen.



Programme of Study
  • Theatre Performance Skills
  • Performance Craft  
  • Mime and Movement 
  • TV and Film Acting 
  • Acting Skills and Techniques 
  • Theatre Studies 
  • Stage Combat 
  • Communications 
  • Work Experience

Components subject to change

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

  • Leaving Certificate or its equivalent. Extenuating circumstances may be considered
  • Leaving Certificate Applied Award
  • Full QQI Level 4 Award
  • Mature students – experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications

Places are offered following successful interview and successful participation in a workshop/audition

Career Opportunities
  • Film Acting
  • TV Acting
  • Theatre Acting
  • Radio Production
  • Presenting
  • Marketing in the Arts
  • Casting
Higher Education Progression*


  • Performing Arts –Theatre (BTEC Higher National Diploma Level 6+)

TU Dublin (City Campus):

  • Drama (Performance) (DT529)


  • Drama and Theatre Studies (TR025)

NUI Galway:

  • Arts (Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies): (GY118)
Course Co-Ordinator

Neil Pearson

Where are they now?

Meet BIFE students who have graduated from this course...

"My experience in BIFE has allowed me to further develop not only my acting but also enhance my theatre making skills with support from both students and faculty alike. The support given to me by lecturers was invaluable during my time here. They work with you in order for you to achieve your best, both academically and in performance. Since graduating from BIFE I have been awarded an Honours Bachelors Degree in Drama from the University of Wolverhampton along with an award for “Overall Best Performance”. I am now teaching drama to children in the local Bray area. This has always been a dream of mine. I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to develop themselves as a performer and theatre maker. This course can be challenging at times, however the reward is well worth the challenge" - Aoife Ní Dhonnchadha

"Drama has been my biggest passion since I was ten. Thanks to Bray Institute of further education I had a chance to start a Performing Arts course, which l always wanted. In three years I achieved a FETAC level 5 and a Higher National Diploma which entitled me to study one more year at the Swansea Metropolitan University where I got a second class, upper division (2.1) Honours Degree in Performing arts. I am now completing my MA in Drama-therapy at NUI Maynooth." - Paolo Trente

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